Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers martyred in the Galwan Valley clash against the Chinese forces last year.

Governor Mishra joined the people of Arunachal in paying gratitude to their martyrs and their family members. “I salute the soldiers for their bravery, courage, patriotism and supreme sacrifice in their service to the nation,” he said. 

Recalling the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers of the 16th Bihar Regiment, led by their Commanding Officer Col B Santosh Babu, the Governor said the sacrifices made by our soldiers have not gone in vain.

They fought gallantly and dropped many enemy soldiers’ dead. The nation is proud of them and their mission to ensure that every inch of Mother India, anywhere everywhere along the international boundary, is safe and secured, he said.

The Governor said India is a traditionally peace-loving country, but when its borders are threatened, we are always ready to make any sacrifices.

Reposing his faith in the capability of the Indian Armed Forces, Mishra said, India, under present bold and determined political leadership is capable of defending itself against any threat.

There cannot be any compromise with the integrity and sovereignty of our country, the Governor added.

Chief Minister Khandu took to Twitter to pay his homage to the brave martyrs.

“My deepest gratitude and humble tribute to Maha Vir Chakara Col B Santosh Babu and all Veer Jawans of 16 Bihar Regiment who made supreme sacrifice defending our motherland from the enemy forces in the #GalwanValley on this day. Your bravery is an inspiration for entire nation,” Khandu said in his tweet.

Ladakh’s Galwan Valley witnessed a violent clash between the Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army on June 15 last year.

The clash, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, was one of the worst in 45 years and it also led to a military standoff with China and at least 11 rounds of military talks for the disengagement process.

In February, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in the clashes with the Indian Army, However, it is widely believed that the death toll was much higher.



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